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Prague: A Cultural and Literary History

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In-depth cultural, historical and literary guide to the Czech capital where politics and the arts have always been intertwined.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Interlink Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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A solid review of some of the key cultural aspects of Prague -- and I like this idea of exploring a city's history through culture and literature. It's very listy, I think I would have liked more lists in the back of the book of where to look for more information, and a deeper exploration of fewer artists/writers/musicians in the chapters themselves. I'm also curious as to the actual centrality of defenestration and martyrdom and jumping off of bridges to the city and its culture, but I quite en ...more
First things first, to this press and the acquirer of this series: Fire your copyeditor and your QA person (if you actually have one--there's no evidence for their existence in this book). The text was distractingly error-ridden and this contributed to my overall star rating. Sure, I'm an editor and I'm attuned to it, but you should be striving to a higher level of perfection than this for a series. Come on.

I did learn from this book. I feel that it deepened certain aspects of my visit to Prague
The low rating is, I admit, only because I read this not long after Angelo Maria Ripellno's Magic Prague, which Burton admits is a major source for him. In effect, thjis is the tourist guidebook version of Ripellino, and modified by Burton's sense of the city. It is part of an excellent set of unconventional tourist gudiebooks (but is so much more than that) from Signal Press - Cities of the Imagination. Much more accessible than Ripellino, more likely to be a local book shop,and probably worth ...more
Carolyn Adams
Good background for our trip to Prague, but quite dense.
I thought this was a wonderful summary of many of the cultural developments and changes that Prague has been through. It deepened my knowledge of things I was familiar with and introduced me to new composers and artists that I am excited to look up. A perfect overview for anyone interested in the rich cultural history of Prague.
Very good critical guide to the significance and semiotics of "magic Prague"--its architecture, art, literature, theatre, monuments, history. Highly recommended!
Work to read anda bit dated, but a great book for an introduction to the city of Prague and the history of the Czech Republic through its cultural accomplishements
Fascinating study of the history of art, music, religion,and architecture in this city. This read helped me excitedly prepare for my trip.
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Richard D. E. Burton (d.2008) was Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.
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